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Shortly before I was asked to review this text by JAMA, we had already been asked to review it as a department by several residents. Based on that review, our department decided to adopt Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology as the standard text for the first-year resident basic course in radiology. This represents the first such change in over 20 years. Brant and Helms are to be congratulated on editing a text that is basic enough in selected chapters for first-year residents while being detailed enough to serve the needs of senior residents, general radiologists, and, as an excellent review, board candidates.
We will start our basic course with the first chapter, "Diagnostic Imaging Methods." This is a more than adequate introduction for the beginning first-year resident to the tools that are available to the diagnostic radiologist. We would also include chapters 2 through 4 in the neuroradiology section. Chapter 3
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